Dr. Padmanabh Dwivedi, Professor in the Department of Plant Physiology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, specializes in stress physiology, plant tissue culture, plant microbe interaction and biodiversity management. A doctorate from University of Cambridge (U.K.), he has teaching and research experience of over 16 and 24 years, respectively. He has to his credit around 180 publications including research papers in national and international journals, book chapters, etc. He also has authored five books which find place in national as well as various Overseas Institutions’ libraries. Dr. Dwivedi has carried out research work in 04 Overseas Research laboratories. He has handled/completed several research projects funded by CST(UP), UGC, State Horticulture Mission, DBT, NMPB, DST. He is a recipient of several scholarships/fellowship/awards such as Gold Medal (BHU), University Medal (BHU), Malviya Medal (BHU), Young Scientist award (CST, Govt. of U.P.), Cambridge Nehru Scholarship award, Overseas Research Studentship award of U.K., Downing Muller Scholarship award of University of Cambridge (U.K.), UNESCO-Czech Academy of Sciences Fellowship, INSA-DFG Fellowship, R D Asana Medal (Indian Society for Plant Physiology), Prof. Hira Lal Chakravarty Medal (Indian Science Congress Association), Prof. Y.S. Murty Medal (Indian Botanical Society), Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (U.K.), etc. He is a Life Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Society, Cambridge Philosophical Society, Indian Society for Plant Physiology, Indian Botanical Society, Purvanchal Environmental Association. He has wide educational administrative experience.
Mr. Prasann Kumar is a Ph.D. student (SRF) in the Department of Plant Physiology, I.Ag.Sci., BHU, doing his thesis work under the supervision of Dr. Padmanabh Dwivedi. He has completed projects/training programmes of 2 to 4 months duration that were funded by INSA, IASc, NASI, Indian Lac Research Institute (Ranchi) and Fruit & Vegetable Preservation and Processing at BHU. He also has completed successfully Edusat based Distance Learning Programme organized by IIRS, Dehradun and ISRO, Ahmadabad. Besides he participated in one year course of International Agricultural Rural Development Programme (IARDH 6020 & IARD 4030) sponsored by Cornell University, USA. He is a recipient of National Talent Scholarship, prize in National Agri-Tech Model presentation and a few other recognitions. He is recipient of UGC Research Fellowship for doing Ph.D. and qualified GATE 2012. He has 25 publications to his credit including research papers, book chapters and popular articles, besides having published two books. He acts as a referee for the journal Ecotoxicology & Environmental Safety.